Portuguese team checks on Abu Salem after he complains about prison blues
The Portuguese officials, accompanied by the CBI, visited Abu Salem in jail after he complained that the clauses of the extradition treaty with Portugal were being flouted.mumbai Updated: Jun 13, 2018 23:03 IST
Taking note of repeated complaints by Abu Salem, two officials from the Portuguese embassy in Delhi, along with members of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), visited the Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai on Tuesday to check its overall condition and the facilities given to the convicted gangster.
Salem, who was extradited from Lisbon in Portugal in 2003, had complained that the clauses mentioned in the extradition treaty were being flouted.
The team of Portuguese and CBI officials entered Taloja jail at 11:45am. They recorded Salem’s statement in the presence of Rajvardhan Sinha, inspector general, prisons, Sadanand Gaikwad, superintendent of Taloja jail, and Salem’s lawyer Saba Qureshi. The process went on till 2pm.
Qureshi said, “Salem was not asked about his deportation or parole, but only about the conditions in the jail. The embassy officials had come with a questionnaire.”
Salem was asked about the attack on him in 2013. “Salem said a bullet was fired at him when he was reading in his barrack. We told the embassy officials that Salem is kept in anda (isolated) cell, with 20 other hardened criminals. He said he was bored of reading newspaper throughout the day and needed someone to chat with,” Qureshi said.
She added that Salem also complained about the quality of food and that toilet and bathroom were inside the barrack.
The embassy officials wanted to see the cell where Salem was lodged, but were not allowed in as they did not have the mandatory prior permission from the state government.
Salem also said he had requested the authorities to shift him to some jail in Uttar Pradesh, as his sister, brother and other family members are based in Azamgarh, and they find it difficult to come to Mumbai to meet him.